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Govt Hasn’t Forgotten You, Bauchi Chief Judge Assures Inmates

Govt hasn’t forgotten you, Bauchi Chief Judge assures inmates with terrorism-related charges

The Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Umar, has assured inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been in jail without trial that they have not been forgotten by the government.

This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Correctional Service, Bauchi State Command, Adam Jibrin, in a statement made available to journalists in the state Wednesday night.

He said that the Chief Judge spoke to the inmates during the jail delivery exercise tour of custodial centres across the state.

“The Chief judge also took time to address inmates with terrorism-related charges who have been languishing in custody for a long time without trial.

“She assured them that government and relevant agencies are doing everything possible to address their problems.

“She urged them to remain calm and exercise more patience,” he said.

He said that Justice Umar, while addressing Sharia Court judges, warned them to refrain from sentencing all manners of suspects into custody especially those with minor offences.

This, according to her, brings congestion of custodial centres.

Adam said that the Chief judge, who was in company with members of the Administration of criminal Justice committee, comprising of the Nigerian Police, the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) from the Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association Bauchi Chapter and the Controller of Corrections, toured seven custodial centers in the state.

He said the centers visited are Misau, Zaki, Gamawa, Azare, Jama’are, Ningi and Bauchi Custodial Centres.

During the visit, he said she reviewed cases of awaiting trial inmates presented to her and released deserving ones.

According to him, no fewer than 11 inmates in detention at these custodial centers across the state were released.

“While addressing the released inmates, the Chief Judge admonished them to be law abiding citizens and shun crime,” he added.

Adam said that in a remark, the Controller of Corrections, Bauchi State Command, Kabir Galadanci, Commended the Chief Judge and the State government for making the visit to Custodial Centres possible.

He said the visit will go along way in decongesting the Centres and further give hope to the inmates.

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Osun LP Guber Candidate, Lasun Rejoins PDP

Yusuf Lasun, a former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, has rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor of Osun, Ademola Adeleke made the announcement on Wednesday at the PDP presidential rally in Osogbo, the Osun capital.

“The former deputy speaker has joined the PDP family. He used to be in PDP, but today, he has decided to come and join the PDP family,” the governor said.

Lasun, who was present at the rally, hailed supporters after a terse remark.

Lasun had contested the 2022 governorship election in Osun on the platform of the Labour Party (LP).

Adeleke came first in the election; Gboyega Oyetola of the APC placed second; Kehinde Atanda of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) came third; while Lasun came a distant fourth.

He was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until February when he resigned from the party after losing the party’s governorship ticket.

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I Can’t Contest For President Again; It Will Diminish Me- Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, has said he will never contest for the Presidency of the country again.

The Ex-president said it would amount to diminishing himself if he should decide to begin to lobby people and campaign for election again.

Jonathan said this in an interview published in a book, ‘My Time As Chaplain In Aso Rock,” presented to the public on Tuesday.

The book written by Nathaniel Bivan contains the accounts of the Chaplain of the Aso Rock Villa Chapel during the Jonathan administration, Obioma Onwuzurumba.

“If you wake up tomorrow and see that I am President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns; I can’t do that again. If I do that, I will diminish myself,” the former President said.

Jonathan said he enjoyed the drama that characterised the rumour earlier in the year that he had purchased a nomination form of the All Progressives Congress to enable him to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

Ahead of the June 2022 APC presidential primary, a group, Nomadic Pastoralists and Almajirai Community, led by Ibrahim Abdullahi, purchased the N100m nomination and expression of interest forms in Jonathan’s name.

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NMDPRA Assures Nigerians Of Steady Fuel Supply

The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says the queues at filling stations will soon disappear as marketers commence massive loading of petroleum products.

Mr Ahmed Farouk, Chief Executive of NMDPRA, gave the assurance during a stock monitoring exercise within depots in Lagos on Wednesday.

The NMDPRA boss led staff of the Authority to NIPCO, Total, Aiteo, OVH, Conoil, 11 Plc and HOGL depots in Apapa for on the spot assessment.

Farouk said the stock taking exercise was to ensure availability and effective distribution of petroleum products across the nation to reduce queues at filling stations.

“The essence of this exercise is to ensure that the entire states are wet with petroleum products to avoid scarcity and panic buying by commuters during this period.

“As an Authority, we are doing everything within our powers to make sure that there are enough petroleum products in the system to help alleviate the sufferings of commuters.

“With the issue of scarcity across the nation, l found it necessary that NMDPRA come and ensure that there is even distribution of petroleum products across the nation, especially petrol.

“I am comfortable with the the load-out of petrol across the depots.

“The current distribution of petrol across the nation will address the issue of tightness in the market,” he said.

The NMDPRA boss said all depots in Apapa had products and were loading massively to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other states.

He said three vessels were also discharging petrol at Apapa jetty to MOMAN, DAPPMAN and other depots.

Farouk urged Nigerians not to panic and avoid panic buying, while assuring of availability of sufficient products at filling stations across the country.

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